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Dian Shi Zhai, Shanghai

I had a group of friends pop into Shanghai for a visit and wanted to take them to a classic Shanghainese restaurant serving traditional local dishes, so my friend Claudia recommended we book at table at Dian Shi Zhai…

DSZ is a classic colonial brownstone in the heart of Shanghai that was turned into a restaurant decades ago…

While the staff spoke no English, they did have a menu with pictures and rough English translations and we had an absolutely fabulous Chinese feast. Here’s a look…

We started with marinated and minced dried tofu with “potherbs”, which was supposed to come out in the shape of a pyramid, but instead we got a dome…

Spongy, cold gluten with peanuts in rice wine, which confused the table at first, but everyone loved…

Fried chicken in garlic sauce with peppers and root vegetables, which was outstanding…

Deep fried rice “fingers”, which were just that, plain white rice formed into sticks and deep fried…

“Vegetable fried rice” which was fried in pork lard, and also had ham in it, so was technically not vegetable fried rice, but was delicious…

Shanghainese “Hong Shoao Rou” pork belly with century eggs…

And finally, there was Shanghainese hairy crab, now in season…

And it really is hairy…

Whatsmore, on the bottom of its shell, the brown patch that looks like seaweed? That’s all covered in fine hair too!

One of the most enjoyable meals I’ve has since moving here to Shanghai! I can honestly highly recommend Dian Shi Zhai!!

Reservations recommended.

DIAN SHI ZHAI

320 Yongjia Rd.

Xuhui Qu,

Shanghai

China

+86-21 5465 0270